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Coaching Strategy for Ireland

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									Coaching Strategy for Ireland
                      2008 - 2012
Empowering Irish Sport
Contents
A New Direction For Coaching In Ireland                                4
Coaching Challenges And Key Issues                                     5
Foundations For The Successful Transformation Of Coaching In Ireland   7
Vision for Coaching in Ireland                                         8
Strategic Framework For Coaching In Ireland                            9
LISPA Framework                                                        10
Coach Development Model                                                11
Coaching Development Programme For Ireland                             12
Guiding Principles For Coaching In Ireland                             13
Strategic Themes                                                       14
Roles And Responsibilities                                             16
From Strategy To Action                                                18
Achieving a Top Class Coaching System                                  19
Appendix 1: Glossary Of Terms And Definitions                          21
Appendix 2: Coaching Strategy Process                                  23
Appendix 3: Context For The Development Of Coaching In Ireland         25
Appendix 4: Summary Of Coaching Ireland Data On Coaching in Ireland    29
Appendix 5: Coaching Ireland Policies                                  31
Appendix 6: Application Of the Coach Development Model                 34
Appendix 7: CDPI Implementation Stages                                 35
Appendix 8: European Coaching Framework                                40
Appendix 9: Coaching Strategy Consultation Details                     44
Joint Statement                                                            Foreword
Joint Statement on Coaching Strategy for Ireland


It is timely that in 2008, when the whole island of Ireland has seen       The Coaching Strategy for Ireland has been developed in partnership
the encouraging performances in Beijing, that both the Irish Sports        with the Irish Sports Council (ISC) and Sport Northern Ireland (Sport
Council and Sport Northern Ireland have endorsed and supported             NI). This follows an extensive consultation process with coaches,
the Coaching Strategy for Ireland, the first strategy of its kind.         athletes, national governing bodies of sport and other relevant
                                                                           agencies.
This initiative represents the beginning of a new level of partnership
that will allow the two agencies to initiate joint planning for National   The National Coaching and Training Centre (NCTC) has evolved into
Governing Bodies. This new approach will lead to greater synergies         Coaching Ireland with an all-island remit and a clear focus to lead
for governing bodies in developing and sustaining their sports through     the development of coaching in Ireland. Following a review last year
targeted investment and support.                                           Coaching Ireland is gearing up to a new way of working to actively
                                                                           meet the demands and needs of coaches and coaching in Ireland.
Coaching Ireland will take a lead role in highlighting the importance of
quality coaching in developing our athletes and providing opportunities    The Coaching Strategy for Ireland builds on the good work done since
for participation.                                                         1992 and sets out the course for Coaching Ireland and its sporting
                                                                           partners in the sports coaching context.
Both the Irish Sports Council and Sport Northern Ireland would
strongly encourage National Governing Bodies to engage with                I would like to thank everyone across the country who has contributed
Coaching Ireland to ensure the successful implementation of this           to the development of the Coaching Strategy. The relationships
strategy for the benefit of coaching and sport on the island of            developed with coaches, athletes, clubs and sporting bodies at local,
Ireland.                                                                   regional and national level is key to the success of this strategic plan.

                                                                           Finally, I would like to thank the Director of Coaching Ireland, Michael
                                                                           McGeehin, and his team in Coaching Ireland for their work in driving
                                                                           and developing this coaching strategy.




_____________________            _____________________                     _____________________
John Treacy                      Eamonn McCartan                           Sean Donnelly
CEO                              CEO                                       Chairman
Irish Sports Council             Sport Northern Ireland                    Coaching Ireland
Inspiring People - Driving Sport


                                   A New Direction For Coaching In Ireland

                                   Inspiring coaching is an essential component in the development of sport in Ireland at all levels. This strategy sets
                                   out the direction of coaching in Ireland for the next four years. The strategy provides the framework for raising the
                                   standard and status of coaching in Ireland. Coaching Ireland (formerly the National Coaching and Training Centre) led
                                   the development of this strategy through its Strategic Advisory Group, supported by Atlantic Sports Management and
                                   Training Limited (ASMT) following an extensive consultation and research process. The details of the process are set
                                   out in Appendix 2. The strategy will be implemented on an all-island basis, led by Coaching Ireland in partnership with
                                   coaches, players, athletes and teams, National Governing Bodies, the Irish Sports Council, Sport Northern Ireland, Irish
                                   Institute of Sport and Sport Institute Northern Ireland, the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism, the Department
                                   of Culture, Arts and Leisure in Northern Ireland, Local Sports Partnerships and local Councils.


                                   The purpose of this Coaching Strategy is to:

                                   n    Provide an agreed direction on how coaching will contribute to the development of sport in Ireland.
                                   n    Create a framework for the development of coaching in Ireland.
                                   n    Improve the quality of coaching and raise the standard of coaches at all levels in Ireland.
                                   n    Raise expectations for coaching in Ireland by setting clear standards and targets.
                                   n    Identify a clear structure and a focused approach for the delivery and implementation
                                        of the Coaching Strategy.

                                   The outcomes to be achieved are to:

                                   n	   Raise the profile of coaching and coaches in Ireland.
                                   n	   Promote safety, fun and challenges through coaching, for coaches and participants.
                                   n	   Provide a pathway for progression for each participant, performer, coach and tutor.
                                   n	   Ensure participants, performers and teams involved in sport in Ireland have access
                                        to an appropriately qualified coach.
                                   n	   Ensure coaches receive education, training, instruction and qualifications appropriate
                                        to their level of involvement.
                                   n	   Work to deliver education, information and support for every coach relevant to their
                                        coaching context and aspirations.
                                   n	   Deliver a credible, internationally recognised coaching system in Ireland.
                                   n	   Support National Governing Bodies in developing sustainable coaching and coach education structures.
                                   n	   Advise and support LSPs and other sports providers on their role in supporting coach education.




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Who is the strategy for?

n	 Children, adults, participants and performers in Ireland: by raising the standard of coaches, increasing
   the number of coaches and effectively deploying these coaches in the sports system.
n	 Coaches: by providing enhanced and appropriate education, support and services.
n	 Sports and National Governing Bodies: by providing support to establish, enhance and drive the process,
   based on defined needs and sports-specific targets.
n	 Schools, educational institutions and organisations involved in directing and developing sport in Ireland:
   by providing a clear direction and framework for the development of sport and coaching and for the
   education of coaches.
n	 All agencies, departments and organisations involved in the development of coaching and sport: by
   providing a clear direction and clear role and targets for implementation.



Coaching Challenges And Key Issues
New Dynamic In Sport In Ireland

Sport in Ireland is growing locally, regionally and nationally. Investment in sport and the profile of sport
in Ireland have increased substantially in the past ten years. The quality of our sporting infrastructure has
improved and the number of people employed and levels of participation has increased. This changing
environment presents opportunities and challenges for the development of coaching in Ireland and
necessitates a clear plan for the future.

Taking The Lead

The need to update and put in place a new strategy for coaching in Ireland was identified by the stakeholders
to take account of the developments in sport and the different contexts in which our coaches operate as
well as the increasing need and demand for more quality coaches in Ireland. A Strategic Advisory Group
was established by the NCTC to develop and provide recommendations to agencies, north and south, on
the direction of coaching in Ireland and for the new strategy. Extensive consultation with national sports
organisations, coaches, players, athletes, administrators and agencies was a vital part in the development
of the strategy.
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                                   Key Issues

                                   The main issues impacting on coaching in Ireland identified in the consultation process
                                   included:
                                   n	 The demand to train more coaches to meet the needs of increased participation in
                                      sport and physical activity.
                                   n	 The need to improve the quality and standard of coaching in sport, locally and nationally.
                                   n	 Providing participants, players, athletes and teams with access to appropriately
                                      qualified and competent coaches.
                                   n	 Meeting the education, learning and support needs of coaches.
                                   n	 Raising the status and profile of coaching and coaches in Ireland.
                                   n	 Supporting National Governing Bodies to develop, manage and deliver quality coaching systems.
                                   n	 Improving services and the effectiveness of coach education and coach support.
                                   n	 Recognising that there are increasing opportunities for people to undertake coaching as a career.
                                   n	 Identifying clear roles and responsibilities for all agencies and organisations involved
                                      in the delivery of the strategy.
                                   n	 Securing the necessary resources and commitment to deliver the strategy.
                                   n	 Ensuring the strategy is effectively implemented.

                                   The challenge is to identify how best to respond in a realistic and focused way to these issues and to
                                   ensure that the coaching system in Ireland is significantly improved. This coaching strategy sets out the
                                   course of action and response to meet this challenge.




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Foundations For The Successful Transformation Of
Coaching In Ireland

In developing the coaching strategy a number of key initiatives were identified which will provide the
foundation for the successful transformation of coaching in Ireland:
n	 NCTC will evolve into Coaching Ireland with an all-island remit to lead the development of coaching in Ireland.
n	 The improvement of coaching in Ireland will be achieved by retaining and building on the elements which work in
   the existing system and improving areas which need to work more effectively.
n	 The National Coaching Development Programme (NCDP) will evolve into the Coaching Development Programme
   for Ireland (CDPI). The CDPI will maintain the direction, philosophy and models already in place; recognising and
   supporting coaching and coaches in Ireland.
n	 The strategy will incorporate the principles of the European Coaching Council (ECC) Framework which provides
   guidelines for the development of the coaching model adapted to the Irish situation and context. Ireland is a
   signatory to the ECC framework.
n	 The strategy will cater for all National Governing Bodies recognised by the Irish Sports Council. Every National
   Governing Body will be required to sign up to and commit to the strategy and the CDPI. The Ulster Branch of
   National Governing Bodies operating on an all-island basis will follow the lead of the National Governing Body and
   this policy will be supported by the Irish Sports Council and Sport Northern Ireland.
n	 The strategy is underpinned by a common technical framework for Lifelong Involvement
   in Sport and Physical Activity (LISPA) - which will guide how the coaching system will
   be aligned to support National Governing Bodies, educate and develop coaches and
   inform the wider sporting public. LISPA has been agreed by the Irish Sports Council,

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   Sport Northern Ireland, Coaching Ireland, the Irish Institute of Sport and Sports
   Institute Northern Ireland.
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n	 The agencies will establish a clear and consistent approach to investment in coaching
   and targeting sports for the delivery of the strategy.
n	 The Irish Institute of Sport and Sports Institute Northern Ireland will be responsible for
   coach development programmes to support designated high performance coaches.
n	 Coaching Ireland will seek to align its qualification system (CDPI) with relevant
   qualifications, authorities and frameworks in Ireland in order to provide more
   opportunities to develop appropriate expertise and training for coaches, including
   those who can and choose to pursue coaching as a full-time occupation.
n	 The policies guiding Coaching Ireland and the implementation of the strategy are
   outlined in more detail later in this document and in the appendices.


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                                   Vision For Coaching In Ireland ~ Inspiring People - Driving Sport
                                   The vision for coaching in Ireland is that everyone involved in sport is working together with the common aim
                                   of delivering a quality coaching system which:

                                   n	   Inspires people to be involved in sport and coaching throughout the island.
                                   n	   Recognises coaching as a core part of Irish sports policy and drives the development of sport in Ireland.
                                   n	   Enhances the perception and status of coaching in Ireland.
                                   n	   Is inclusive and fully integrates participants, performers and coaches of all abilities and backgrounds.
                                   n	   Provides the opportunity and clear pathways to become involved in coaching.
                                   n	   Creates a system where participants, performers and teams have access to an appropriately qualified and quality
                                        coach.
                                   n	   Supports the development and education needs of coaches, tutors, mentors and National Governing Bodies of
                                        Sport.
                                   n	   Is relevant and valued by professional coaches.
                                   n	   Recognises and rewards coaches for the invaluable role they play in the sport.
                                   n	   Is aligned to European and other international coaching frameworks.
                                   n	   Is delivered successfully on an all-island basis.
                                   n	   Is underpinned by the Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children’s Sport in Ireland.




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Strategic Framework For Coaching In Ireland
Strategic Themes




                 1.                                                                                                4.
            Developing                                                                                       Improving
             Coaching                                                                                          Access
                                                                                                             & Inclusion
                                                         Inspiring People
                                                           Driving Sport
                                  2.                                                             5.
                           Developing High
                            Performance                                                        Raising
                              Coaching                                                        Standards




                 3.                                                                                                6.
            Supporting
              National                                                                                    Implementation
             Governing
               Bodies
                                                              Research
                                                                 &
                                                             Innovation
                                                                               Figure 1: Strategic Framework
Outcomes

n	   Increase in the number of accredited coaches practicing in Ireland.
n	   Targeted tutor deployment, course delivery and more opportunities to become a coach.
n	   Targeted deployment of high performance coaches practicing in Ireland.
n	   Improved opportunities, information, support and pathways for coaches.
n	   Introduction of a licensing system for coaches in Ireland.
n	   Recognition of coaches’ achievement and contribution to sport.
n	   Development of an integrated and inclusive coaching system for people of all abilities and backgrounds.
n	   Every National Governing Body implementing a technical plan and a quality coaching programme.
n	   Accreditation of coaching courses and qualifications in line with the national framework of qualifications.
n	   Alignment of the coaching system with the European Coaching Framework.
n	   Alignment of the CDPI with Irish Sports Council and Sport Northern Ireland policies and systems of National
     Governing Body and local sport development.

The strategic themes are further developed on page 14.
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                                   Life-Long Involvement In Sport And Physical Activity (LISPA)
                                   Lifelong Involvement in Sport and Physical Activity (LISPA) is an inclusive framework, agreed by all agencies,
                                   which caters for all levels of sport and physical activity involvement throughout an individual’s life.

                                   There are four main objectives of the framework:
                                   1. Health benefits for participants throughout their lives.
                                   2. The development of a positive attitude to sport and physical activity.
 “It is putting us, as             3. Development of physical literacy and movement incorporating the development
 coaches, in a position               of gross movement skills.
 where we are all                  4. Clear phases of development for performers.
 teaching from the
 same book which will              The benefit of this agreed framework is that it provides the foundation for the development of the Irish sports system.
 be of great benefit               It provides a common framework for Coaching Ireland, National Governing Bodies, the Irish Sports Council, Sport
 to the athletes”                  Northern Ireland, Irish Institute of Sport, Sports Institute Northern Ireland, Local Councils and Sports Partnerships to
                                   support participants, performers and teams at each stage of their involvement.

                                   There is flexibility and movement for participants and coaches within the framework. Each National Governing Body
                                   can use the framework to act as a foundation for the development of all aspects of their sport.




                                                                                                                                  Figure2: LISPA Framework

                                   Note: In the Strategy for the Development of Sport and Physical Recreation in Northern Ireland 2007-2017, the representation
                                                                                                                                of Physical Literacy is highlighted.
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        Coach               Coach
       Coach of            Coach of              Apprentice Coach           Coach               Senior Coach          Master Coach
       Children           Participant                Level 1                Level 2                Level 3              Level 4
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Coach Development Model
The new Coach Development Model shows the possible pathways for coaches in their development. The model
replaces the NCTC coaching ladder and is adapted from the European Coaching Framework.

Within the model two broad coaching roles are outlined.
    Performance        Performance                 1                  2                     3                       4
1. Participation Coach: This role incorporates coaching children and participants in sport and physical activity.
       Coach              Coach
       Talent           Performer
2. Performance Coach: This role incorporates coaching of talented individuals and performers.
    Development           Coach
                                            Apprentice Coach         Coach              Senior Coach           Master Coach
                                                     Level 1                Level 2                Level 3               Level 4
        Coach
Within the model there are 4 levels for each coaching role.




                  Participation Coach                                                    Performance Coach
     Coach of Children               Coach of Participants Talent Development                                Performance Coach
                                                                  Coach
                                        Level 4 - Master Coach - Level 4
                                        Level 3 - Senior Coach - Level 3
                                             Level 2 - Coach - Level 2
                   Intro & Level 1 - Apprentice Coach - Intro & Level 1

                                                                                      Figure 3: Coach Development Model

In the application of the Coach Development Model by National Governing Bodies, existing coaching levels and awards
will continue to be recognised. Further developments will be based on sports specific needs.

Further details on the application of this model by National Governing Bodies, the Higher Education Sector and other providers
can be found in Appendix 6.




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                                   Coaching Development Programme for Ireland (CDPI)
                                   The Coaching Development Programme for Ireland, formerly the National Coaching Development Programme
                                   (NCDP), aims to facilitate the development of coaching and coach education in Ireland. The programme operates
                                   in partnership with National Governing Bodies and other agencies to develop an internationally recognised coach
                                   education system.

                                   Objectives

                                   The objectives of the CDPI are to:
                                   1. Provide a pathway for progression for each participant and performer.
                                   2. Ensure a pathway for progression for each developing coach.
                                   3. Promote safety, fun and challenge through coaching with the following targets:
                                      •     An appropriately qualified coach for every participant and performer.
                                      •     A qualification for every coach.
                                   4. Consolidate the work done to date and the elements and systems of CDPI.
                                   5. Further develop sustainable National Governing Body coaching and coach education systems, with the right
                                      balance between volunteer and professional inputs.


                                   Implementation of the CDPI

                                   The CDPI is implemented in the context of the policies of the Irish Sports Council and Sport Northern Ireland and
                                   promotes an ethical approach to sport. Both National Governing Bodies and Coaching Ireland play a key role in the
                                   implementation of the CDPI. Broadly, National Governing Bodies develop coach education and coaching systems
                                   based on sports-specific needs. Coaching Ireland facilitates this development by assisting the National Governing
                                   Bodies to put in place the elements of the system. Coaching Ireland also plays a role in quality assurance across these
                                   elements. All partners in CDPI play a role in common areas, such as promotion of coaching and increasing the status
                                   of coaching. The roles and responsibilities of Coaching Ireland and National Governing Bodies are outlined later.

                                   A more focused approach to the implementation of the CDPI will be taken on a phased basis with sports on a north/
                                   south basis. Greater technical support will be provided to National Governing Bodies to assist them with completing
                                   their coaching plans, courses and coach education programmes.

                                   Further details on the CDPI can be found in Appendix 7.




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Guiding Principles For Coaching In Ireland
The guiding principles for how Coaching In Ireland will develop are:                                                             sponsive • Inspir
                                                                                                                   io     ns • Re                  ational
Quality System: The focus is to develop a top class system for Ireland which is regarded
                                                                                                               cat                                                          • Volun
                                                                                                                                                                                   teer •




                                                                                                                                                                   fi
                                                                                                                                                                                          Simp




                                                                                                                                                 Inclusive • Quali
among the best in the world.                                                                                                                                                                   le •
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bes
Participant/Performer – Coach Driven: The approach will be to focus on the coaching                                                                                                                     t   Pr
process to develop the skills and competencies of participants, performers and teams.




                                                                                                                                                                                                            act
                                                                                                                                                                                                               ice
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   •
                                                                                                                                          hing •
Quality Coaching: That participants, performers and teams will have access to quality
coaching at each stage of their development.




                                                                                                                                      Coac
Inclusive: That coaches will have the opportunity to gain the level of coach education they




                                                                                                                                ality
desire and that participants and performers enjoy the benefits of good coaching, regardless of




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age, gender, ability, geographical location, socio-economic situation or culture.




                                                                                                                      riven
Qualifications: All coaches will be required to have a relevant qualification to practice as a coach




                                                                                                                    D
                                                                                                              Coach
in Ireland.
Inspirational: That opportunities will be provided to inspire and drive people to get involved and




                                                                                                      ystem •
stay involved in coaching.




                                                                                                    S
Responsive: That the coaching system will be flexible and responsive to the sporting environment




                                                                                            Quality
and those involved in it.
Volunteer and Professional: The coaching system will cater for the needs of the different requirements
and contexts of both professional and volunteer coaches.
Best Practice: That coaching in Ireland will be innovative and learn from other sectors in Ireland and
internationally which are regarded as being world leaders.
Simple: That the coaching system is easily understood and relevant to coaches, participants, performers,
administrators, leaders and all involved in it.
Outcome Focused: That the coaching strategy will lead to significant improvement in sport and quality of
coaching in Ireland.
Commitment: That there is a commitment from all stakeholders and everyone involved in sport to implement
the coaching strategy.
Professional Approach: That Coaching Ireland will incorporate best practice processes, procedures, guidelines
and principles.
IT and Systems: That appropriate support, information and learning should be available through the most modern
mediums and technology.
Positive and Ethical Environment: That coaching is delivered and experienced in a safe, positive and enjoyable
environment.
Accountability: Agencies will be accountable for delivering realistic, achievable and measurable programmes and
services which will improve coaching in Ireland.
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                                          Strategic Themes
                                          Achieving the vision, goals and outcomes will demand collective team effort from all agencies involved in delivering
                                          coaching in Ireland. The strategic themes which will be delivered to improve coaching in Ireland are:




                                                                                                                                               TIONAL
                         HING                                       HIGH PERFORMA
                                                                                  NCE                                            SUPPORTING NA
      D   EVELOPING COAC                                                      COACHING                                            GOVERNING BOD
                                                                                                                                                  IES

    1. Identify benchmarks illustrating how coaches and          1. Identify clear roles for agencies in the implementation   1. Provide support to National Governing Bodies
        tutors are currently involved in coaching and               of high performance coaching.                                in updating coaching and technical plans and
        instructing.                                                                                                             implementing CDPI. This will be delivered on a focused
    2. Agree the alignment of the proposed CDPI Coaching         2. Develop and deliver continuing professional                  and prioritised basis.
        Framework with the LISPA framework and ECC                  development and specialist qualifications and courses
        Framework.                                                  for high performance and pathway coaches.                 2. All National Governing Bodies will be included in the
                                                                                                                                 CDPI and required to sign-up to and commit to the
    3. Integrate the Adventure Sports Framework into the
                                                                 3. Develop new materials, tools, resources and templates        programme.
        proposed CDPI Coaching Framework.
    4. Review and update the CDPI Coaching Framework to             to support high performance coaches.                      3. Establish new agreements between Coaching Ireland
        incorporate developing expertise at all levels.                                                                          and National Governing Bodies for the delivery of CDPI.
    5. Review and update the CDPI programme to take              4. Develop and deliver a range of services to support
        account of the coaching strategy, the ECC Framework         high performance coaches.                                 4. Benchmark sports with regard to coaching programmes
        and needs of coaches and participants.                                                                                   and ability to implement the strategy.
                                                                 5. Develop systems for appointment, monitoring,
    6. Review and update CDPI implementation processes                                                                        5. Integrate the Adventure Sports Framework with the
                                                                    evaluation of coaching performance.
        and manual.                                                                                                              work of Coaching Ireland and relevant National
    7. Develop and deliver coach support and continuing                                                                          Governing Bodies.
                                                                 6. Implement a targeted coach development programme
        professional development programme for coaches in
                                                                    to support talented coaches.                              6. Support National Governing Bodies on an individual
        local/regional sport.
    8. Complete mapping exercise with UKCC and other                                                                             basis to develop new guidelines, manuals, resources and
                                                                 7. The development of a specific IT system.                     templates.
        international coaching systems.
    9. Develop and implement a communication and public          8. The implementation of a mentoring system for high         7. Develop coach recruitment, education, deployment,
        relations plan to raise awareness of coaching, coaches      performance coaches.                                         recognition and retention strategies in partnership with
        and the work of the key agencies.                                                                                        National Governing Bodies and LSPs.
    10. Implement national, regional, local coach recognition
        scheme.
                 Research & Development                                     Research & Development                                        Research & Development




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                                                                                               RDS                        IMPLEMENTATIO
 AND INCLUSION

1. Implement an action plan to move to a fully inclusive   1. Align the CDPI Coaching Framework to accredited           1. The Irish Sports Council and Sport Northern Ireland
   and integrated coaching system.                            qualifications system and awarding bodies in Ireland         to update their coaching and NGB development
                                                              and Northern Ireland.                                        policies.
2. Develop education and awareness programmes and
   modules to ensure a fully inclusive and integrated      2. Create opportunities for people / coaches to develop      2. Align investment in coaching and ensure focused
   coaching system is achieved.                               their expertise to the highest practical, technical and      investment in the implementation of the strategy.
                                                              academic standards.
                                                                                                                        3. Coaching Ireland to publish their strategic plan and
                                                           3. Introduce a licensing system for coaches / instructors       annual operational plan.
                                                              in Ireland. A group will be established to examine
                                                              the process and timeline for the licensing system.        4. Establish new agreements to be put in place between
                                                                                                                           Coaching Ireland, agencies and National Governing
                                                           4. Conduct ongoing research and development as                  Bodies.
                                                              required in line with the CDPI Coaching Framework
                                                              and strategy.                                             5. Commence work on technical and coaching plans and
                                                                                                                           benchmarking with National Governing Bodies on a
                                                           5. Establish systems for measuring progress in                  phased basis.
                                                              implementation of the coaching strategy.




           Research & Development                                     Research & Development                                       Research & Development




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                                   Roles And Responsibilities
                                   The coaching strategy will be delivered by all agencies working in partnership. It is clear that Ireland needs strong and
                                   positive action to put participants, performers and coaching at the centre of sports development. This is a key theme
                                   emerging from the review and development of the strategy. Coaches, participants, performers, National Governing
                                   Bodies and those consulted want to see action and the leaders in sport on the island working together to ensure that
                                   the coaching strategy is implemented. The key responsibilities and summary actions are:

                                   IRISH SPORTS COUNCIL & SPORT NORTHERN IRELAND

                                   The key focus of the Sports Councils will be to:
                                   n Agree a common commitment to resourcing the coaching strategy.
                                   n Ensure that commitments by Coaching Ireland and National Governing Bodies are delivered and evaluated.
                                   n Promote coaching and evaluation of coaching in their own strategies and policies.
                                   n Undertake all-island planning to identify and prioritise how coaching will be supported and organised across
                                       Ireland.
                                   n Source and invest in coaching.
                                   n Develop a Northern Ireland implementation plan.

                                   COACHING IRELAND

                                   The role of Coaching Ireland will be to:
                                   n Ensure performers and participants receive the best quality coaching throughout their involvement in sport.
                                   n Lead the development of coaching in Ireland through the implementation of coach education and support
                                       programmes (CDPI).
                                   n Deliver services to National Governing Bodies and coaches.
                                   n Develop, implement and manage coach certification, accreditation, continuing professional development and
                                       licensing systems with the relevant partners.
                                   n Establish agreements with key partners to develop coaching (National Governing Bodies, agencies, LSPs and
                                       others).
                                   n Ensure there are sufficient tutors of appropriate quality and skill to educate coaches.
                                   n Quality assure the coaching system internally and appoint external bodies as required.
                                   n Manage information on coaching and a coaches database for Ireland.
                                   n Implement a research and information programme.
                                   n Manage and monitor the implementation of the strategy.
                                   n Raise the status and profile of coaching in Ireland.
                                   n Develop an implementation plan.
                                   n Develop and introduce coach recognition awards.




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    NATIONAL GOVERNING BODIES

The role of the National Governing Bodies will be to:
n Develop technical and coaching plans to raise the standard in their sport.
n Sign up to and implement CDPI.
n Implement CDPI quality assurance mechanisms.
n Train and support coaches.
n Train and support tutors to deliver coach education.
n Conduct annual reviews by leaders of the sport of the National Governing Bodies coaching system.
n Develop coach education materials.                                                                                           “Coaches can be
n Identify sport-specific coaching requirements and plan to meet those requirements.                                           educated well, in
                                                                                                                               the company of
    IRISH INSTITUTE OF SPORT AND SPORT INSTITUTE NORTHERN IRELAND                                                              coaches from other
I
The role of the Irish Institute of Sport and Sport Institute Northern Ireland will be to:                                      sports. This allows
n Lead on high performance coach development for agreed sports and coaches.                                                    coaches to learn
n Work in partnership with Coaching Ireland to raise standard of coaching in Ireland.                                          from their peers
n The implementation of a support and mentoring system for high performance coaches.                                           and highlights the
                                                                                                                               similarities in the
    OTHER AGENCIES
                                                                                                                               challenges we face
The role of other agencies will be to:                                                                                         across the sports”
n Higher Education: Develop coach education and support programmes in line with CDPI and coach development
    model in partnership with National Governing Bodies.
n Educational Awards: Ensure coaching and tutor education is aligned with the National Framework of
    Qualifications.

    LOCAL AGENCIES (LSPs AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES)

The role of Local Agencies will be to:
n Provide information to coaches.
n Raise the status and profile of coaching.
n Facilitate the delivery of coach education courses and continuing professional development.
n Support coaching networks.
n Facilitate the delivery of coach mentoring and support programmes.
n Facilitate sports development officers.
n Co-ordinate access to schools and access to coaching expertise and information.
n Co-ordinate with Coaching Ireland, local and regional awards.

The process for ensuring effective implementation of the Coaching Strategy will be agreed in a joint planning framework
involving the Irish Sports Council, Sport Northern Ireland and Coaching Ireland. Coaching Ireland will become fully
integrated as a unit of the Irish Sports Council and will establish operational bases in Limerick, Dublin and Belfast so
that it can deliver comprehensive support and services to sporting organisations, coaches and tutors on the island.
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                                   From Strategy to Action
                                   Implementation Strategy

                                   The implementation of the strategy will focus on:
                                   1. Launching Coaching Ireland with an all-island remit.
                                   2. Identification of resources to support the implementation of the coaching strategy and establish a clear and
                                       consistent approach to investment by funding agencies.
                                   3. Identification of benchmarks and clear targets for the measurement of coaching in Ireland and implementation of
                                       the strategy.
                                   4. Establishment of a plan for the phased implementation of the strategy.
                                   5. Sign up of National Governing Bodies and commencement of work targeting National Governing Bodies on an
                                       all-island basis.
                                   6. Establishment of research plan and work programme for coaching in Ireland.
                                   7. Development of new resources and materials and technical support by Coaching Ireland to assist National
                                       Governing Bodies, tutors and coaches to improve the delivery of coaching.
                                   8. Publication of a Coaching Ireland strategic plan and annual operational plan with clear targets, programmes and
                                       initiatives.
                                   9. Implementation of a high performance coaching programme in partnership with the Institutes of Sport and both
                                       Sports Councils.
                                   10. Establishment of review, monitoring and reporting procedures for implementation of the strategy and reporting
                                       by relevant agencies on progress made.


                                   Investment and Resources

                                   The present investment in Coaching Ireland is E2m to provide its existing services to coaches, players and athletes.
                                   The Irish Sports Council invests up to E725,000 in supporting National Governing Bodies with their coach education
                                   and development programmes. Sport Northern Ireland is planning to invest £9.3m over three years. In addition to
                                   this the National Governing Bodies invest considerably more in supporting and developing coaching. The network of
                                   thirty three LSPs provide investment for training and education to local clubs, coaches and volunteers. A key challenge
                                   is to identify the full level of investment at present and required for coaching in Ireland.




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Achieving A Top Class Coaching System
In conclusion, the successful implementation of this strategy is intended to develop a top class coaching system which
delivers:


                Coaching System                                                                       For Coaches
•	 A	clear	direction	for	developing	coaching	in	Ireland.	                         •	 A	pathway	of	progression	for	each	coach.
•	 A	renewed	commitment	to	the	development	and	improvement	of	                    •	 Enhanced	education	relevant	to	each	coach’s	needs.
   coaching in Ireland.                                                           •	 Opportunity	to	become	a	master	coach	at	each	stage	of	LISPA.
•	 An	all-island	position	and	strategy	for	coaching	committed	to	by	all	          •	 Education	which	reflects	the	needs	of	volunteer	and	full-time	
   agencies.                                                                         professional coaches.
•	 The	establishment	of	Coaching	Ireland,	to	drive	coaching	in	Ireland	on	        •	 Opportunities	to	become	a	coach	regardless	of	ability,	race,	social	
   an all-island basis.                                                              background or culture.
•	 Enhanced	resources	invested	to	improve	coaching	and	the	services	              •	 A	full	range	of	services	and	support	for	developing	and	aspiring	
   provided in Ireland.                                                              coaches.
•	 Clarification	of	coaching	policies	and	framework	in	Ireland.                   •	 Continuing	professional	development	opportunities	for	all	coaches.	
•	 Clear	roles	and	responsibilities	for	all	agencies	involved	in	delivering	      •	 Cutting	edge	information,	research	and	technical	support	for	
   coaching.                                                                         coaches at all levels.
•	 A	seamless	partnership	approach	to	the	delivery	of	and	investment	in	          •	 Enhanced	materials,	tools	and	resources	for	coaches.
   the strategy.                                                                  •	 Increased	resources	to	support	coaches.
•	 Clearly	defined	benchmarks,	targets	and	outcomes	for	coaching.                 •	 Talent	identification	and	support	for	coaches	with	potential.
•	 Clear	procedures	for	measuring	and	monitoring	the	                             •	 More,	better	quality	and	more	widely	available	coach	e
   effectiveness of the strategy and to monitor the                                  ducation and continuing professional development courses.
   implementation of the strategy.                                                •	 More	and	better	tutors.
•	 Alignment	with	the	qualifications	frameworks	in	Ireland	                       •	 Recognition	of	coaching	qualifications	abroad	and	
   and Europe.                                                                       across sports.
•	 A	common	technical	framework	for	the	development	of	                           •	 Recognition	of	coaching	achievement	and	contribution	to	sport.
   sport in Ireland.                                                              •	 A	license	for	coaches.




For National Governing Bodies                                                     For Participants & Performers
•	 New	and	improved	services	to	support	National	Governing	Bodies	in	the	
   delivery of coaching.                                                          •	 A	safe	and	fun	environment	to	practise.	
•	 Support	for	National	Governing	Bodies	in	updating	technical	and	coaching	      •	 Access	to	quality	coaches	at	each	stage	of	development	in	LISPA.
   plans and implementing CDPI.
•	 Targeted	and	prioritised	delivery	of	the	CDPI.	                                •	 A	pathway	of	progression	for	every	participant.	
•	 New	agreements	between	Coaching	Ireland	and	the	NGB	to	clearly	outline	
   the relationship and responsibilities of each party.                           •	 More	and	better	coaches	in	the	system.
•	 Benchmarking	of	a	sports	position	and	ability	to	implement	the	CDPI.
                                                                                  •	 Expertise	in	coaching	at	each	stage	of	development	of	LISPA.
•	 Flexibility	in	implementation	of	CDPI	according	to	ability	to	implement.	
•	 New	guidelines,	manuals,	resources	and	templates	to	support	National	
   Governing Bodies and coaches.
•	 Assistance	in	developing	coach	recruitment	and	
   retention strategies.
•	 Flexibility	in	implementation	according	to	clear	targets	of	achievement	for	
   sports.
•	 Clearer	and	more	robust	quality	assurance	policies	and	
   procedures linked to awarding bodies in formal education.
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Appendices
Appendix 1: Glossary of Terms and Definitions

TERMS



ASMT      Atlantic Sports and Management Training Limited

CDPI      Coaching Development Programme for Ireland

CI        Coaching Ireland

CPD       Continuing Professional Development

CSI       Coaching Strategy for Ireland

DAST      Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism

DCAL      Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure Northern Ireland

ECC       European Coaching Council

IIS       Irish Institute of Sport

ISC       Irish Sports Council

LISPA     Lifelong Involvement in Sport and Physical Activity Framework

LSP       Local Sports Partnership

NCDP      National Coaching Development Programme

NCTC      National Coaching and Training Centre

NGB       National Governing Body of Sport

OCI       Olympic Council of Ireland

PCI       Paralympic Council of Ireland

SINI      Sports Institute Northern Ireland

SNI       Sport Northern Ireland

UKCC      United Kingdom Coaching Certificate



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                                   DEFINITIONS

                                   Adventure Sports Framework: The Adventure Sports Framework is a training and accreditation framework for
                                   Adventure Sport instructors and leaders.This framework aims to bring all adventure sports’ instructor/leader training
                                   under one common framework.The framework builds on and supports the quality work already in place in Adventure
                                   Sport National Governing Bodies.

                                       Instructor of Adventure Sports: An instructor instructs participants in adventure sports. An instructor
                                       facilitates skill development to allow independent participation in the activity or participation under minimal
                                       supervision.
                                       Leader of Adventure Sports: A leader leads or guides participants in adventure sports. A leader equips
              at
“To ensure th                          participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to allow safe participation in the activity. A leader does not
              cipate
all who parti                          develop skills and knowledge to allow independent participation in the activity.
             matter
in sport, no                       Coach: A coach engages in a coaching process which assists participants or performers so that they are able to
                l have
 the level, wil                    identify options and find solutions for the changing demands of their sport and lives.
               ropriate
 access to app                     Coaching: Coaching is a process that provides guidance, feedback and direction to empower participants or
  coaching”                        performers to achieve their goals in their chosen sport / physical activity.
                                   Coaching Plan: A plan devised by the National Governing Body to develop coaching and to put in place a coach
                                   education and support programme that meets the needs of the sport.
                                   Continuing Professional Development (CPD): Life-long learning (through formal and informal opportunities)
                                   after initial education or entry into working life, aimed at helping individuals to: improve or update their knowledge
                                   and/or skills; acquire new skills for a career move or retraining; continue their personal or professional development.
                                   Competence: Competence includes: i) cognitive competence involving the use of theory and concepts, as well as
                                   informal tacit knowledge gained experientially; ii) functional competence (skills or know-how), those things that a
                                   person should be able to do when they are functioning in a given area of work, learning or social activity; iii) personal
                                   competence involving knowing how to conduct oneself in a specific situation; and iv) ethical competence involving the
                                   possession of certain personal and professional values.
                                   European Coaching Framework: This refers to the Review of the EU 5-Level Coaching Structure by the European
                                   Coaching Council and is available on the Coaching Ireland website. Coaching Ireland agreed to use the proposals as a
                                   reference point in the further development of coaching and coach education in Ireland (see Appendix 8).
                                   Organised Sport: Participation in sports that have a significant element of planned and purposeful physical activity
                                   with competitive goals. Organised sports participation involves competing at all levels including local, club, county,
                                   provincial and national levels, for example, local leagues in basketball, county championships in hurling, regional
                                   competitions in swimming.
                                   Participation: To take part in a sporting event or physical activity with a focus on physical, psychological or health
                                   benefits.
                                   Performance: To take part in training and sport with the focus on optimising and maximising one’s abilities (technical,
                                   tactical, physical, mental, lifestyle and personal capacities) and to compete in sporting events.
                                   Technical Plan: A plan devised by the National Governing Body to guide the development of participant and
                                   performer centred structures, systems and programmes that meet the needs of the sport.
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Appendix 2: Coaching Strategy Process
The coaching strategy has been developed during the period October 2007 to August 2008 by NCTC, supported
by a Strategic Advisory Group and facilitated by consultants Atlantic Sports Management & Training (ASMT). A
comprehensive process was involved in developing the strategy involving information review; wide reaching consultation
and communication with agencies, players, coaches, National Governing Bodies and the community; drafting proposals
and policies in conjunction with NCTC, the Strategic Advisory Group and the NCTC Board which will lead to the final
document to be launched at the 9th Coaching Forum in September.

Below is a diagram outlining the stages involved in developing the strategy:




      Stages                             Focus                               Outcomes
                                       Background review.
            1..                      Initial workshop with
                                         advisory group.
   Information Review
                                    Organisational analysis.
                                      International review.




                                                                           Analysis of current model and
                                 Consultation with key agencies           preferred structure for the NCTC
            2.                          and stakeholders.
                                Identify the ultimate model for     Process to bring about improvements to the
        Consultation                        the NCTC.                                  coaching
                                                                                  system in Ireland

                                                                    Introduction of new proecesses and systems to
                                                                   improve governance and operation of the NCTC

            3.                   Recommendations on the way
                                                                    Development of a National Coaching Strategy
   Draft proposals, draft                   forward.
      vision policy &           Develop draft proposals for new
        governance                 structures and processes.
     recommendations




                                 Final workshop with advisory
                                            committee.
             4.                  Final report and documents.
       Final Proposal               Facilitate meetings and
                                       EGMs as required.
                                    Work with the Board to
                                  introduce relevant changes

                               Figure 4: Process for the Development of the Coaching Strategy for Ireland

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                                   PROjECT PROCESS
                                   The process for developing the strategy involved a range of stages, research, meetings and workshops as follows:
                                   Information Review: Review of coaching strategy, policy, plans and systems internationally, review of best practice
                                   in Irish industry and Irish sport.
                                   Consultation: Meeting with NCTC Board; 19 National Governing Bodies; Agencies: Olympic Council of Ireland,
                                   Paralympic Council of Ireland, Sport Northern Ireland, Sports Institute Northern Ireland; Plenary Session and Online
                                   Surveys.
                                   Project Management: Five Strategic Advisory Group Meetings at various stages in the project; NCTC Senior
                                   Management meetings on an ongoing basis.
                                   Drafting Policies and Plans: Drafting Coaching Policies and Plans: two day facilitated workshop with NCTC
                                   Coaching Services Team and Senior Management Team, followed by a series of meetings to agree and sign off on
                                   coaching policies.
                                   Drafting All Ireland Policies and Plans: Meetings with Irish Sports Council, Sport Northern Ireland and NCTC.
                  ial
 “To give to spec                  Drafting High Performance Coaching Plan: Meetings with Sports Institute Northern Ireland, Irish Institute of

 needs athletes
                                   Sport and NCTC.

  the enjoyment
                                   Review and Feedback of Draft Strategy: Strategic Advisory Group meeting, consulted bodies and individuals
                                   review of strategy, NCTC team, NCTC Board.
  that I got from
  playing sport”
                                   Final strategy: to be completed for the strategy launch in September.

                                   PROjECT TEAM
                                   The project team involved in developing the strategy comprised of:
                                   Coaching Ireland Senior Management Team: Michael McGeehin, Declan O’Leary, Sheelagh Quinn.
                                   Strategic Advisory Group: (see Appendix 9).
                                   Coaching Irelands Coaching Team: Declan O’Leary, Catherine Bird, Liam Moggan, Fiona Larkin, Hayley Harrison,
                                   Sunnhild Bertz, Tadhg Lambe, Adrian Byrne.
                                   Coaching Ireland Support Staff: Niall Collins.
                                   All Island Policy Team: John Treacy, Fiona Coyne, Irish Sports Council; Eamonn McCartan, Jill Poots and Ronnie
                                   Smyth, Sport Northern Ireland.
                                   Disability Policy Team: Liam Harbison, PCI; Fiona Coyne, Irish Sports Council.
                                   High Performance Policy Team: Gary Keegan, Irish Institute of Sport; Michael McGeehin, NCTC; Ronnie Smyth,
                                   Sport Northern Ireland.
                                   ASMT Team: Morgan Buckley, Elaine Fitzgerald, Sarah Vivian, John Lyle; Brian Samson, John Parker.

                                   THANKS
                                   Coaching Ireland and ASMT would like to thank the project team, in particular the senior management team and
                                   the coaching services team at NCTC, and the Strategic Advisory Group for their dedication and contribution to the
                                   strategy.
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Appendix 3: Context For The Development Of Coaching In
Ireland
BACKGROUND TO THE COACHING STRATEGy
Sport in Ireland is developing and growing at all levels and needs to be underpinned by a quality, responsive and dynamic
approach to coaching. The development of this strategy has been driven through a strong partnership between the
Irish Sports Council, Sport Northern Ireland and by the new all-island coaching agency – Coaching Ireland, formerly
the National Coaching and Training Centre (NCTC).
The close partnership between Irish Sports Council and Sport Northern Ireland are key drivers in positioning coaching
on the sporting map. There have been a number of policy documents from both Sports Councils and the respective
Government Departments in Ireland and Northern Ireland which have emphasised the need to improve the quality
and standard of sport and in particular coaching. The establishment of Institutes of Sport to improve and develop high
performance sport has also added momentum to strengthening coaching in Ireland. Considerable work and progress
has been made on the integration of adventure sports within the coaching framework.
A number of agencies, North and South, play a key role in the development and delivery of sport and coaching in
Ireland.
DEPARTMENT OF ARTS, SPORT AND TOURISM (DAST):
The Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism was formed in June 2002 with the following mission: “To enrich Irish
society by supporting the growth of a competitive and sustainable tourism industry and increasing access to, and
participation in, sport, the arts and culture”. The Department’s goal in the area of sport is:
To increase participation and interest in sport, to improve standards of performance and to develop sports facilities
at national, regional and local level, thereby contributing to healthier lifestyles and an improved overall quality of
life, through a Departmental policy and resource framework in partnership with its Agencies, other Government
Departments and the National Governing Bodies of Sport.
IRISH SPORTS COUNCIL:
The Irish Sports Council is the statutory sports agency responsible for the promotion, development and co-ordination
of sport in Ireland. The Sports Council was established in 1999 and had a budget of £13.4m in 2000. The Irish Sports
Council today has a budget of e57m (in 2008) and is responsible for allocating funds to more than sixty National
Governing Bodies (National Governing Bodies), thirty-three Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs) and athletes and teams
directly.
In the Irish Sports Council budget 2008, e30m was allocated directly to sports bodies, e2.8m to Women in Sport and
e9.5m to high performance sport. The work of the Irish Sports Council is guided by their current strategy, Building
Sport for Life 2006-2008. The main strategic thrusts of the Irish Sports Council are participation and performance.
The key targets for the Council are to increase the number of people participating in sport (1.5% increase for adults
and 3% increase for children) and to measurably improve the performance of elite sports people in world-class sport
(6 finalists in the Olympics and 12 finalists in the Paralympics). The Irish Sports Council will develop a new strategy
for 2009-2011 later this year and as part of this process also develop its first Participation Strategy.
DEPARTMENT OF CULTURE, ARTS AND LEISURE (DCAL):
The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure’s vision is of “a confident, creative, informed and vibrant community”.
DCAL intends to realise this vision through the development of policies “to protect, nurture and grow Northern
Ireland’s cultural capital by providing strategic leadership and resources for the promotion and sustainable development
of the culture, arts and leisure sectors”.
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                                   DCAL plan to realise their vision by ensuring there is effective and efficient delivery and provision of the following:
                                   n High quality culture, arts and leisure services
                                   n Strategic leadership to the culture, arts and leisure services and
                                   n Governance, oversight, probity and relationship management with DCALs delivery partners.

                                   In relation to sport, DCAL has set the following strategic objectives:
                                   n To help ensure the success of the Northern Ireland Strategy for Sport and Physical Recreation.
                                   n To realise Northern Ireland benefits from 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and ensure a sustainable legacy.
                                   n To help build a modern and efficient infrastructure.
                                   n To deliver DCAL related reforms intended by the Review of Public Administration.

                                   SPORT NORTHERN IRELAND: Sport Northern Ireland is currently engaged in developing a new overarching
                                   strategy for the development of sport in Northern Ireland, in conjunction with the Department of Culture, Arts and
                                   Leisure. The strategy outlines the vision of Sport Northern Ireland: “Through sport, to contribute to an inclusive,
                                   creative, competent, informed and physically active community”. In practice, this means Sport Northern Ireland creating
                                   and developing programmes and partnerships that will contribute to the following strategic objectives:
                                   n Increased participation in sport and physical activity.
                                   n Improved sporting performances.
                                   n Improved efficiency and effectiveness in the administration of sport.

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IRISH INSTITUTE OF SPORT:
The Irish Institute of Sport was established in July 2006, with the vision of providing world-leading service provision
to elite Irish athletes and players. The mission of the Irish Institute of Sport is to produce sporting champions for
Ireland. Its overall purpose is to create an environment which influences, supports and ensures that talented Irish
athletes achieve sustained levels of excellence in sport. The Irish Institute of Sport is responsible for the coordination
of sport science, sport medicine, and athlete career and lifestyle support and National Governing Body performance
planning. In the near future it will be responsible for the delivery of the international carding scheme as well as elite
coach support.

SPORTS INSTITUTE NORTHERN IRELAND:
The Sport Institute Northern Ireland is a partnership between Sport Northern Ireland and the University of Ulster.
Sports Institute Northern Ireland aims to provide specialist services and key facilities for up to one hundred and
twenty able-bodied and disabled, international and national, sports men and women, to improve their competitive
capacity within the world’s sporting arena.

COACHING IRELAND/NATIONAL COACHING AND TRAINING CENTRE (NCTC):                                                                 “Sharing
                                                                                                                                            e”
The NCTC was established in 1992 as the lead agency to improve the standard of coaching and performance across                    experienc
Irish sport. NCTC laid the groundwork for a new Irish coaching system through the National Coaching Development
Programme (NCDP) 1 and 2 which has been delivered in partnership with National Governing Bodies (see Appendix 4
for progress in this). NCTC has been based in Limerick at the University of Limerick since its inception and provided
support services to Ireland’s athletes, coaches and National Governing Bodies. The NCTC has evolved to become
Coaching Ireland and will operate on an all-island basis providing services to all relevant National Governing Bodies,
agencies and individuals.

NEW DyNAMIC IN SPORT IN IRELAND
Sport in Ireland is operating in a different sporting, political and economic climate than the 1990s. The level of
investment in sport in Ireland in the past 10 years has increased significantly. The quality of our sporting infrastructure,
people employed and level of participation has also improved. This changing environment and economic climate
presents opportunities and challenges for the development of coaching in Ireland and necessitates a clear plan for the
future.

PARTICIPATION IN SPORT AND PHySICAL ACTIVITy IN IRELAND
The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), has conducted comprehensive research on participation in sport
and physical activity and sporting trends in recent years. The most recent research conducted includes the following
reports:
2008                 Sporting Lives: Analysis of a Lifetime of Irish Sport
2007                 SLÁN Survey of Lifestyle, Attitudes and Nutrition
2007                 Ballpark Figures: Key Research for Irish Sports Policy
The recently launched SLÁN Survey of Lifestyle, Attitudes and Nutrition 2007 revealed 55% of the respondents to
be physically active (taking part in thirty minutes or more of exercise or sport two to three times per week). 24%
reported taking part in some activity but not enough to be considered physically active. The most common reason for
those inactive was ‘no time’ other reasons for inactivity were ill health and lack of interest.

PARTICIPATION LEVELS IN NORTHERN IRELAND
The most recently available data indicates that 43% of the population (aged sixteen and over) claim some level of
participation in sport and physical recreation in the last month. This contrasts with previous data (2003-04) that put
participation at 44%, a percentage point decline over three years. This data only measures participation “at least once
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                                   in the last month”, contrasting with the recommendation of the Chief Medical Officers in the UK that “all adults should
                                   take part in a minimum of thirty minutes moderate intensity physical activity at least five times per week in order to
                                   achieve health benefits”.

                                   ECONOMIC VALUE OF SPORT IN IRELAND
                                   The ESRI (2005) assessed the social and economic value of sport in Ireland. The report was carried out by the ESRI
                                   to enhance knowledge of the social dimensions of sport in Ireland and their significance for public policy. The annual
                                   value was estimated as follows:
                                   n Volunteering: e267 million. This was based on the value of the labour time provided by volunteers in sport.
                                   n Subscriptions to sports clubs: e200 million.
                                   n Attendance at sports events: e525 million. This includes purchase of tickets and the costs of attending
                                       matches.
                                   n Costs of playing sport: e413 million. Including purchase of equipment.

                                   The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure allocated £7·4 million to sport for 2007-08. The figure will increase to
                                   £8·9 million in 2009, to £10·3 million in 2010 and in 2011, the figure will increase to £14·5 million.

                                   ECONOMIC VALUE OF SPORT IN NORTHERN IRELAND
                                   In 2006/07, the Sports Council commissioned the Sport Industry Research Centre to re-assess the economic
                                   contribution of sport. The picture of Northern Ireland is set out below.
                                   n Consumer’s expenditure on sport was £446.20m. This is an increase on the 1998 figure of £152.8m and £217.8m
                                       on the 1995 figure.
                                   n Northern Ireland’s sporting industry supports 13,700 jobs, which is an increase of 11% on the 1998 figure.
                                   n The valued added or wealth created through, for example, wages and profits was £451.6m or 2.0% of gross
                                       domestic product. This has increased from the 1998 figure of 1.92%.
                                   n Furthermore, the gross value added of 2.0% is greater than that of a similar UK region, North West England (1.8%)
                                       and England as whole (1.7%).


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Appendix 4: Summary Of Data On Coaching in Ireland
The following data is based on Coaching Ireland information up to June 2008:

Number of Coaches/Tutors Qualified

                                                                                            Total
 Number of Coaches Certified                                                                51,265
 Number of Tutors Trained                                                                    872

National Governing Bodies with NCDP Approved Courses

 Sport                 Int   L1   L2   L3   L4     Sport                    Int   L1   L2    L3      L4   Sport              Int     L1   L2    L3   L4
 Angling               4                           Equestrian               4     4    4     4            Rugby              4       4     4    4    4
 Archery               4                           GAA                            4                       Sailing            4       4     4
 Athletics             4     4    4    4           Gymnastics               4     4    4                  Soccer             4       4     4    4    4
 Badminton             4     4    4    4           Handball                 4     4                       Special	Olympics   4
 Basketball            4     4                     Hockey                   4     4    4     4            Squash             4       4
 Baton Twirling        4                           Judo                     4     4    4                  Swimming           4
 Billiards & Snooker   4     4                     Karate                   4                             Table Tennis       4       4     4
 Bowls (Lawn)          4                           Ladies Gaelic Football   4     4                       Taekwondo          4
 Bowls (Road)          4                           Martial	Arts                   4                       Ten Pin Bowling    4       4
 Boxing                      4                     Motor	Cycle	Sport        4     4                       Tennis             4       4     4    4
 Camogie               4     4                     Motor	Sport              4     4                       Trithlon           4       4
 Canoeing                    4                     Olympic	Handball         4     4                       Tug of War         4       4
 Cerebral Palsy        4                           Orienteering             4     4    4                  Volleyball         4       4
 Community Games       4                           Pitch ‘n Putt            4     4                       Weightlifting              4     4
 Cricket               4     4                     Racquetball              4                             Wheelchair Sport   4
 Cycling               4     4    4                Rowing                   4     4                       Wrestling          4       4




Other National Governing Bodies may have developed additional coach, instructor and leader courses outside the NCDP.




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Appendix 5: Coaching Ireland Policies
Coaching Ireland is the lead agency for coach education and development in Ireland. The key policies that guide their
work and the implementation of the Coaching Development Programme for Ireland are (listed under each Strategic
Theme):

1. DEVELOPING COACHING

1.1    Implementation on an All-island Basis: The strategy will be implemented on an all Ireland basis and
       in partnership with Irish Sports Council, Sport Northern Ireland, Irish Institute of Sport, Sports Institute
       Northern Ireland and National Governing Bodies. Each agency has indicated their full commitment to the
       strategy.

1.2    CDPI Coaching Development Programme for Ireland: The Coaching Development Programme for
       Ireland (CDPI) is designed to assist National Governing Bodies in the recruitment, education and deployment
       of coaches within their sport.The CDPI will consolidate the work completed to date in the National Coaching
       Development Programmes one and two, and will further develop and enhance the systems in place to ensure
       that quality education and support is provided for coaches in Ireland.

1.3    Coach Education System: The coach education system will be based on the specific needs of each sport
       within the parameters of the Coaching Ireland or UKCC accreditation. A memorandum of agreement will
       be developed and agreed by Irish Sports Council, Sport Northern Ireland and Coaching Ireland to promote
       cooperation between each agency.

1.4    Raising the Status and Standard of Coaching: Raising the status of coaches and coaching in Ireland is the
       primary objective of Coaching Ireland through implementation of the CDPI.

1.5    Integrated into the Overall Sport System: The coaching strategy will be aligned with the sport system
       in Ireland in which coaching is an integral part, incorporating, development, coaching and high performance and
       supported by sports administration and governance.

1.6    Aligning with the Lifelong Involvement in Sport and Physical Activity (LISPA) Framework: The
       LISPA framework is the overarching framework which will incorporate all levels of sport and physical activity,
       sport development and the socialisation process of sport in Ireland. The framework has been developed, in
       partnership, by key agencies North and South as the framework for participation in sport and physical activity
       in Ireland (ref. page 10). The coaching strategy has been developed in the context of this framework.

1.7    European Coaching Framework: Ireland has signed up to the European Coaching Framework recently
       presented by the European Coaching Council (ECC). Ireland will incorporate the ECC proposals and principles
       for the development of coaching and coach education in the CDPI. The proposals however will be adapted
       and modified to fit the sports systems and context in Ireland. The ECC proposals are incorporated into this
       strategy in the relevant places.

1.8    UKCC & CDPI: In the case of sports operating on an all-island basis under the two jurisdictions, the Ulster
       branch within the NGB will follow the policy on coach education of the parent NGB. Alignment of the two
       coach education systems will be completed and a memorandum of cooperative understanding will be drawn
       up and agreed for all National Governing Bodies in conjunction with Sports Councils and Coaching Agencies.


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                                   1.9    Coaching Children: The coaching strategy is underpinned by the principle of good practice in coaching
                                          children. The strategy calls for the completion of the Code of Ethics as a pre-certification requirement at entry
                                          level in each sport.

                                   1.10   young People and Coaching: The coaching strategy will provide an opportunity to introduce and promote
                                          coaching to young people by the introduction of a Coaching Skills for Young People course.

                                   1.11   Tutor Training and Support: Tutor training and support will be further developed and tutor qualifications
                                          will the included in the alignment with qualifications frameworks in Ireland and Europe.

                                   2. IMPROVING ACCESS AND INCLUSION

                                   2.1    Disability and Inclusion: The coaching strategy will be fully inclusive to acknowledge the coaching needs of
                                          all participants and performers including those with physical, sensory or learning disabilities, and for the person
                                          with a disability who wants to be a coach.

                                   2.2    Equity: The coaching strategy will ensure that all people regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, ability, national
                                          origin, religion, socio economic status or sexual orientation will have the opportunity to participate in sport
                                          and have access to quality coaching, and to reach their full potential.

                                   3. HIGH PERFORMANCE COACHING

                                   3.1    High Performance Coaching: The development of high performance coaches in Ireland requires a long
                                          term integrated approach, incorporating best practice in the areas of education and training, coach support, and
                                          coach monitoring. The mechanism for delivery will involve effective partnerships between the key agencies.

                                   4. RAISING STANDARDS

                                   4.1    Quality Assurance: A commitment to quality is an underlying principle of the strategy. All aspects of the
                                          coaching system will be underpinned by quality assurance principles. Every coach will be licensed and the
                                          system will be accredited and aligned with the qualification frameworks in Ireland and Europe.

                                   4.2    Qualifications Framework: A qualification framework for coaching will facilitate the transfer and recognition
                                          of qualifications across sports and countries by accreditation and alignment with the Qualification Frameworks
                                          in Ireland and Europe.Work has begun on the alignment of CDPI coaching awards with the National Framework
                                          of Qualification (Ireland) and with the European Qualifications Framework.

                                   4.3    Licensing: A licensing system for coaches will be implemented on a phased basis for all coaches from level
                                          2 and above. This will establish Ireland as a leader in Europe in quality assurance in coaching. A group will
                                          be established to examine the most effective way to implement licensing in Ireland. The licensing scheme will
                                          be designed, implemented and overseen by Coaching Ireland in conjunction with the National Governing
                                          Bodies.




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5. SUPPORTING National Governing Bodies

5.1   Sporting Environment: The strategy takes account of the new sporting and coaching environment in Ireland
      today.

5.2   Recognised National Governing Bodies: The coaching strategy takes account of and serves all recognised
      national governing bodies in the Irish System including: indoor, outdoor, adventure, aquatic, Olympic and national
      sports. The implementation of services to National Governing Bodies will be agreed in conjunction with the
      Irish Sports Council and Sport Northern Ireland, Coaching Ireland and the National Governing Bodies.

5.3   Whole Sport Planning: This strategy is developed in the context of whole sport planning which means the
      development of a coaching plan within an NGB is in the context of the overall NGB strategic and technical
      plans; supported in a coordinated way by the Irish Sports Council, Sport Northern Ireland, Irish Institute,
      Sports Institute Northern Ireland and Coaching Ireland.

5.4   Adventure Sport Framework: The strategy fully integrates the new Adventure Sport Framework, bringing
      instructor qualifications and training under a common framework. The strategy incorporates the experiences
      and lessons learned from adventure sports in particular in the area of quality assurance.

5.5   Sport Needs: The coaching and coach education systems will take account of the unique needs of each sport
      within the system. CDPI frameworks can be made sport specific; and work on coaching and coach education
      will take place in the context of technical and coaching plans.

6. IMPLEMENTATION

6.1   Standard Agreement: A standard agreement will be developed between Coaching Ireland and National
      Governing Bodies and will set out roles, responsibilities and joint obligations. Each NGB and Coaching Ireland
      will also agree quality assurance policies and procedures.

6.2   Mechanism for Delivery: NCTC will evolve to Coaching Ireland, operating on an all-island basis and
      responsible for all aspects of coach education and support of coaches in local and regional sport. The Irish
      Institute of Sport and Sports Institute Northern Ireland will be responsible for providing support to high
      performance coaches.

6.3   Coaching Strategy for Ireland: The Coaching Strategy for Ireland will outline the vision, direction and road
      map for how coaching in Ireland will develop in the future.

6.4   Strategic Plan for Coaching Ireland: The strategic plan for Coaching Ireland will deal with the technical
      elements of the coaching system and a road map and plan for the organisation for the next four years, 2008 –
      2012. The strategic plan will be supported by a series of clearly established annual operational plans.

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                                   Appendix 6: Application Of The Coach Development Model
                                   The application of the Coach Development Model by National Governing Bodies and the higher education sector has
                                   the following implications. The Coach Development Model is outlined on page 10.

                                   APPLICATION By NATIONAL GOVERNING BODIES
                                   n Coaching levels and awards currently in place will continue to be recognised.
                 in the
   “It is moving                   n Further developments will be based on NGB (sports-specific) frameworks which define coaching roles and levels
                  n and is
   right directio
                                     of coach development for the sport. The knowledge, skills and competence for each role and level will need to be
                  ucture             defined.
   gaining in str                  n NGB courses should optimise overlaps in knowledge, skills and competence between roles/levels.
    and cohesion”                  n Coaches may operate in more than one role/level. The training requirements & transfer of training between each
                                     role/level will need to be identified in a sport.
                                   n All-island National Governing Bodies may need to map CDPI/NGB coaching awards against UK Coaching Certificate
                                     (UKCC)/NGB awards for purposes of mutual recognition of coaching awards and movement of coaches on a
                                     north-south and east-west basis.

                                   APPLICATION By HIGHER EDUCATION AND OTHER PROVIDERS
                                   n Universities/higher education institutions or public/private institutions/agencies that follow guidelines set by
                                     Coaching Ireland may also deliver coach education. The framework has three main strands, which are outlined
                                     below:


                                                                               Coaching Ireland Recognises

                                         NGB Based Education                Higher Education based Education   Public or Private Agencies Coaching Education
                                                                                                                            (in partnership with NGB’s)
                                                               MUTUAL RECOGNITION OF ALL QUALIFICATIONS FOR DIFFERENT PURPOSES
                                                                    Criteria for recognition should be developed by each strand




                                   Figure 5: Outline Framework for the Recognition of Coaching Qualifications Between Strands

                                   n Co-operation between the strands: Co-operation between these strands should take place with a view to
                                     maximising the quality of coach education and the maximisation of resources. Where joint-working occurs the
                                     parties should co-operate in all aspects of the education process, with early dialogue in the planning process,
                                     before delivery starts. If an organisation other than an NGB wants to develop a coach education course, it should
                                     be developed in partnership with the NGB (experts in their sport) and in accordance with Coaching Ireland
                                     recommendations.

                                   n Mutual recognition: It is recommended that all strands should be recognised by the rest of the parties involved
                                     in the coach education process. The mechanism for this would be based on each strand demonstrating a clear link
                                     with the coaching roles, the levels of their development and the associated knowledge, skills and competence.

                                   n Further developments will be based on NGB (sports-specific) frameworks which define coaching roles and levels
                                     of coach development for the sport. The knowledge, skills and competence for each role and level will need to be
                                     defined.
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Appendix 7: CDPI Implementation Stages
The CDPI, formerly the National Coaching Development Programme (NCDP), aims to facilitate the development of
coaching and coach education in Ireland. The programme operates in partnership with National Governing Bodies and
other agencies to develop an internationally recognised coach education system.

CDPI 5 STAGE PROCESS
Following the signing of a Standard Agreement, a five-stage process has been devised to take National Governing
Bodies through the implementation of the CDPI.

The stages are:
n Stage 1: Needs analysis and planning
n Stage 2: Course design and development
n Stage 3: Course delivery and review
n Stage 4: Quality assurance mechanisms
n Stage 5: Coach/tutor deployment, support and recertification/licensing

DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT
1. The design and development of a coach education framework and courses in CDPI:
2. Meets the unique needs of the NGB and its coaches.
3. Is in line with the principles on which all Coaching Ireland programmes are based (i.e. player/athlete centred,
   outcome-based, theory and practice integrated into a practically oriented course, founded on adult learning
   principles).
4. Fully meets the quality-assurance mechanisms of the CDPI.
5. Is guided by a technical-liaison process (joint planning and review meetings between Coaching Ireland and the
   NGB).
6. Is subject to external review and to review by Coaching Ireland with the agreement of the NGB.
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                                      CDPI IMPLEMENTATION STAGES

                                        Stage 1             Stage 2 (a)                 Stage 2 (b)               Stage 3                 Stage 4                 Stage 5
                                                                                                                                                             Coach/tutor deployment,
                                     Needs analysis and                                   Course Design        Course Delivery and      Quality Assurance
                                                          Course Design (Planning)                                                                           support, recertification,
                                          planning                                        (Preparation)              Review                Mechanism
                                                                                                                                                                  and licensing
                                   1.1                    2.1                        2.8                     3.1                     4.1                    5.1
                                   Establish joint        Define action steps        Apply NGB               Organise & run the      Define & apply         Define the support
                                   planning process       and time frame for         policies on tutor       initial pilot course    CI and NGB             and recertification
                                   with CI                course development         recruitment;            to test the course      quality assurance      / licensing of
                                                                                     identifying and         materials (syllabus,    procedures to          coaches and tutors;
                                                                                     training tutors for a   course outline,         NGB coaching /         taking account of
                                                                                     pilot course            delivery materials)     coach education        volunteer & paid
                                                                                                             and delivery            system, include        roles in a sport
                                                                                                             arrangements for        the appointment
                                                                                                             the course (tutoring    of personnel to
                                                                                                             & administration)       operate them


                                   1.2                    2.2                        2.9                     3.2                     4.2                    5.2
                                   Nominate NGB           Clarify the aims           Design a format for     Collate and evaluate    Implement              Define and apply
                                   coach education        of one level of the        each session of the     feedback from           for all CDPI           mechanisms for
                                   officer (CO)           coaching framework         course                  coaches, tutors         coach and tutor        the recognition of
                                                                                                             and observers on        courses - course       current competence
                                                                                                             all aspects of this     approval, course
                                                                                                             course                  monitoring, tutor
                                                                                                                                     monitoring and
                                                                                                                                     coach certification
                                                                                                                                     procedures

                                   1.3                    2.3                        2.10                    3.3                     4.3                    5.2
                                   Establish a coach      Identify what              Prepare materials       Review and amend        Agree with CI the      Promote coach
                                   education group        coaches need               for tutors              syllabus and course     period for which the   education in the
                                   consisting of          to be able to                                      outline based on        course will be valid   sport and market
                                   coaches/tutors and     do (outcomes-                                      feedback                                       and launch coach
                                   other key NGB          knowledge, skills,                                                                                education courses,
                                   personnel              competence) at                                                                                    CPD and licensing
                                                          this level, with
                                                          reference to NGB
                                                          LISPA and coaching
                                                          frameworks

                                   1.4                    2.4                        2.11                    3.4                     4.4                    5.3
                                   Outline & align        Write draft syllabus       Identify how the        Plan to deliver full    Be ready to proceed    Conduct an annual
                                   NGB sport-specific     (with reference to         coaching skills will    pilot course            to the next level      review / audit and
                                   framework LISPA        NGB framework for          be practised and                                on the coaching        monitor tutor and
                                   and coaching           sport and activity         evaluated                                       framework              coach recruitment
                                   frameworks                                                                                                               and deployment,
                                                                                                                                                            in line with NGB
                                                                                                                                                            coaching plan
                                                                                                                                                            objectives and
                                                                                                                                                            NGB policies and
                                                                                                                                                            procedures


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      Stage 1               Stage 2 (a)           Stage 2 (b)              Stage 3           Stage 4        Stage 5
 1.5                     2.5                    2.12                  3.5                              5.4
 Map existing            Link outcomes to       Review and refine     Review and redraft               Monitor the
 tutor and coach         content and method     assessment methods    tutor materials                  impact of coaching
 deployment and          of delivery in the                           based on feedback                initiatives on quality
 support; and status     form of a course                                                              participation and
 of coach education      outline                                                                       performance in line
 system                                                                                                with NGB strategic
                                                                                                       objectives


 1.6                     2.6                    2.13                  3.6
 Develop NGB             Identify how           Prepare materials     Review and redraft
 coaching plan, linked   coaches will be        for coaches’ manual   coach materials
 to NGB strategic        assessed                                     based on feedback
 objectives


 1.7                     2.7                    2.14                  3.7
 Have in place           Submit draft           Design and develop    Brand course
 budgetary               syllabus, course       course co-            materials to be part
 procedures &            outline &              ordinators’ pack      of CDPI
 identify funding and    assessment; and
 resources required      review progress
 and expenditure for     with CI, based on
 ICDP                    revised CI syllabus/
                         course approval
                         process (to include
                         a CI Board of
                         Approval)


 1.8                                                                  3.8
 Develop an annual                                                    Finalise assessment
 work programme                                                       methods


 1.9                                                                  3.9
 Develop &                                                            Deliver and evaluate
 agree with CI                                                        full pilot course
 (defining roles &
 responsibilities of
 each), NGB coach
 education policies
 and procedures for
 all aspects of coach
 / tutor recruitment,
 education,
 deployment and
 support



NOTE: Stages 1 & 5 are directed at NGB officers/policy makers; Stages 2 and 4 are best supported by NGB coaching/
technical personnel.
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ROLES OF NATIONAL GOVERNING BODIES AND COACHING IRELAND IN THE CDPI

The following diagram graphically illustrates the role of National Governing Bodies and Coaching Ireland in the
CDPI:


                                       A.
       Context of ISC and SNI Policies and Coaching Strategy for Ireland                                                                                    ning
                                                                                                                                              “Quality trai
                                                                                                                                              for all coac hes -
                                                                                                                                                            hes
                                                                                                                                               Quality coac
               Role of                                         CDPI:                              Role of Coaching Ireland                     for all at hletes”
      National Governing Bodies                         Coaching Objectives
                                                                                                             Support NGBs
          Conduct strategic development                    Consolidation and impact
             of coaching for the sport                                                               Manage and implement CDPI
                                                          Coach for every participant
              Develop coaching and                                                              Put in place coach education materials,
            coach education structures              Level 3 or 4 coach for every performer      CPD and other mechanisms to support
                                                                                                       NGBs, tutors and coaches
    Consolidate work done to date and fully                 A pathway for every
    develop NGB coach education framework                 participant and performer               Apply quality assurance steps and
                                                                                                       ongoing review of CDPI
        Have policies for coach and tutor                  Pathway for every coach
      education, recruitment and deployment                                                   Adapt and apply international best practice
                                                                                             in coach education and support for CDPI and
          Develop materials to educate                                                                     coaches in Ireland
              and support coaches
                                                                                                  Work with Institutes of Sports on
          Adapt and apply international                                                          implementation of high performance
   best practice in the sport in an Irish context                                                       coaching programmes




                                                     B. Common Areas:
                                 The status of coaches and coaching; Promotion of coaching;
      Position of coaching in formal education; Support for volunteer coaches; Professionalisation of coaching (targeted)




                                     Figure 7: Role of National Governing Bodies and Coaching Ireland in the CDPI
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                                   Appendix 8: European Coaching Framework
                                   Ireland has signed up to the European Coaching Framework (ECF) recently presented by the European Coaching
                                   Council (ECC). Ireland will incorporate the principles and recommendations presented in the framework into the Irish
                                   Coaching System, modifying them to fit the Irish context.

                                   ELEMENTS OF THE ECF
                                   The European Coaching Framework presents its proposals and recommendations on each of the following areas. The
                                   principles presented in each of the areas will be modified as needed and incorporated into the Coaching Strategy for
                                   Ireland:

                                   n Coaching Roles: Four main coaching roles have been identified by the ECC, based on an analysis of the job
                                     market and the stages in the development of coaching expertise: Apprentice Coach; Coach; Senior Coach; Master
                                     Coach. These coaching roles will be aligned with the CDPI Levels 1-4.

                                   n Coaching Occupations: Two standard coaching occupations have been identified to reflect the diversity in
                                     coaching at different stages of long-term models of involvement in sport/physical activity: Coach of Participation-
                                     Oriented Sportspeople and Coach of Performance-Oriented Sportspeople. These occupations will be taken into
                                     account in the Irish system, however will be modified for the Irish context.

                                   n Education of Coaches: The education structure for coaches should be closely related to the coaching roles
                                     and the two occupations. A new Framework for the Recognition of Coaching Competence and Qualifications is
                                     proposed.

                                   n CDPI syllabus templates will be reviewed and further developed to take account of the competences for the
                                     Participant & Performance Oriented Coach occupations and the stages in coach development.

                                   n Recognising Coaching Competence and Qualifications: A system for the recognition of coaching
                                     qualifications between vocational and higher education sectors within each country is proposed.This principle has
                                     been accepted and a mechanism for mutual recognition of qualifications will need to be developed.

                                   n Recognition of Prior Learning and Current Competence: Coaches carrying out their roles should
                                     have either completed a formal and recognised course of learning and/or had their prior learning and current
                                     competence formally assessed. This principle will be fully accepted in this strategy and will be incorporated into
                                     licensing and assimilation schemes.

                                   n Licensing: the ECC recommends that every coach should hold a coaching license, as part of the process of
                                     moving coaching towards the status of a regulated profession. The Irish strategy fully supports this statement and
                                     is included in the Coaching Strategy.




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Alignment between the European Qualifications Framework, National Framework of Qualification
and CDPI / European Coaching Council Coaching Levels

n Alignment with National and European Qualification Frameworks: The ECC suggests alignment between
  the CDPI, the European Qualifications Framework and National Qualifications Framework in each EU member
  state. The Irish strategy will fully accept this principle and has begun work on aligning CDPI with the Irish NFQ
  at Levels 4-9 & EQF Levels 3-7 (see figure 8). The strategy will need to consider the NI and UK qualifications
  framework.

n Higher Education Sector: Closer links and a mechanism for incorporating third level education into the
  coaching system are proposed. This means ensuring qualifications have a sufficient practical element, are aligned
  with the NGB licensing system and that the qualifications adequately prepare coaches with skills necessary to
  coach. This principle will be accepted in the Irish strategy and needs further investigation.




                                                       Level 1
                                                         ECC         Level 2
                                                      Aprentice     ECC Coach
                                      Intro
                                                        Coach                             Level 3
                                                                                        ECC Senior
                                                                                          Coach
                                                             4        5
                                                  3
                                                                                    6                      Level 4
                                      2                       5      6                                   ECC Master
                                                       4                    7                               Coach
                                              3                                 8                7
                          1
                                      2                                                 9

                                  1                                                         10       8

       CDPI       European                                   National                             European            CDPI
                 Qualifications                            Qualifications                        Qualifications
                  Levels 1-8                                Levels 1-10                           Levels 1-8




Figure 8: Proposed Alignment of ECC/CDPI Coaching Levels with National and European Qualifications
Frameworks


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EUROPEAN COUNCIL COMMITTEE PRINCIPLES FOR THE EDUCATION OF COACHES

The guiding principles for coaching in Ireland, which are outlined on page 13, incorporate the ECC principles which
are:

The Purpose Of Coach Education: Developing effective, ethical and inclusive coaches is a central feature of coach
education programmes, underpinned by appropriate theoretical content.

Competence To Do The job: Coach education programmes will equip coaches with the competence to do the
job.

The Coaching Process: The processes in coaching and coach education will be supported by national systems that
acknowledge, encourage and value the coaching process; balanced with outcome/product driven objectives.

Learning Modes: The format of coach education programmes should include a range of learning modes, building up
coaching expertise through a combination of practical experience, life-long experiences, formal training programmes
and self-reflection.

Athlete And Sportsperson Development: Coach education programmes will be designed so that the coach
has the competencies to assist the athletes and sportspersons in achieving their goals throughout their appropriate
stage(s) of personal and sporting development.

The Coaching Context: The context in which the coach works, and the potential roles of the coach, will be taken
into account when designing courses (e.g. club, federation/association, school, regional, national, international levels).
Coaching includes paid and unpaid aspects; and the retention of coaches is important.

Quality Assurance Systems: Coach education levels will be underpinned by systems of quality assurance and linked
to national and European vocational qualification structures.

Recognition Of Coaching Qualifications: National and international federations, as well as the competent national
authorities, have a central role in the education of coaches and tutors and in the recognition of coaching qualifications.
Transparency, information and guidance will be provided.


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                                   Appendix 9: Coaching Strategy Consultation Details
                                   A comprehensive consultation process was completed in the development of the strategy. The consultation process
                                   involved a series of meetings, workshops and surveys, which focused on getting the views of as many people as
                                   possible, involved in sport in Ireland. The consultation consisted of the following stages:

                                   Stage 1:             Series of NGB Consultation Meetings
                                   Stage 2:             Coaching Strategy Plenary Session
                                   Stage 3:             Online Surveys for National Governing Bodies, Coaches and Athletes / Players.


                                   SUMMARy CONSULTATION DETAILS

                                   The following is a summary of the range and detail of those consulted during the project:

                                                   Details                        Consultation Meetings                        Online Survey
                                           National Governing Body                          19                                      32
                                                   Agencies                                  7
                                                   Coaches                                                                         1136
                                              Players & Athletes                                                                    273
                                           Plenary Sessions Dublin                          52
                                            Plenary Sessions Belfast                        25




                                   AGENCIES
                                   n Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism           Con Haugh
                                   n Irish Sports Council                            John Treacy, Fiona Coyne
                                   n Irish Institute of Sport                        Sean Kelly, Finbarr Kirwan, Gary Keegan
                                   n Sport Northern Ireland                          Eamonn McCartan, Jill Poots, Ronnie Smyth
                                   n Olympic Council of Ireland                      Stephen Martin
                                   n Paralympic Council of Ireland                   Liam Harbison
                                   n Sports Institute Northern Ireland               Shaun Ogle



                                   NATIONAL GOVERNING BODIES
                                   n Athletics Ireland                               Gary Ryan, Coaching Director
                                   n Badminton Ireland                               Donal O’Halloran, High Performance Coach
                                   n Basketball Ireland                              Debbie Massey, CEO and Martin Hehir, Training Manager
                                   n Cricket Ireland                                 Jim Doran, Munster Cricket Union and
                                                                                     Jim Bennett, Chairman of Youth and Coaching
                                   n Cycling Ireland                                 Gary McKeegan
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n Community Games                                 Naoise Kelly, RTD Manager
n Cumann Camogaiochta na hEireann                 Mary O’Connor, National Director of Camogie
n Football Association of Ireland                 Packie Bonner,Technical Director and
                                                  Paul Hamill, Education Manager
n   Gaelic Athletic Association of Ireland        Pat Daly, Head of Games
n   Horse Sport Ireland                           Alison Corbally, Education & Training Manager
n   Irish Amateur Boxing Association              Gary Keegan, Performance Director (also Technical Director IIS)
n   Irish Amateur Rowing Union                    Pat McInerney, Coach Development Officer
n   Irish Hockey Association                      Mick McKinnon, Coach Development Officer and
                                                  Fiona Mills, National Development Officer
n   Irish Sailing Association                     Tony Wright, ISA Training Manager and
                                                  James O’Callaghan, Performance Director
n   Irish Wheelchair Association                  Mairead Farquharson, Director of Wheelchair Sport and
                                                  Ed Nyland, Education & Technical Officer
n   Ladies Gaelic Football Association of Ireland Helen O’Rourke, CEO and Paula Prunty,
                                                  National Development Officer
n   Special Olympics Ireland                      Fiona Murray, Sports Training and Education Officer
n   Swim Ireland                                  Charlotte Parker, Director of Education and Development
n   Tennis Ireland                                Roger Geraghty, Director of Development



STRATEGIC ADVISORy GROUP MEMBERS
The following are the members of the Strategic Advisory Group:
n Stephen Aboud                                  Irish Rugby Football Union
n Packie Bonner                                  Football Association of Ireland
n Fiona Coyne                                    Irish Sports Council
n Liam Harbison                                  Paralympic Council of Ireland
n Peter Horgan                                   Gaelic Athletic Association
n Gary Keegan                                    Irish Amateur Boxing Association and Irish Institute of Sport
n Sean Kelly                                     Irish Institute of Sport
n Finbarr Kirwan                                 Irish Sports Council
n Deirdre Lavin                                  Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership
n Ursula McPherson                               Adventure Sports
n Michael McGeehin                               National Coaching and Training Centre
n Niamh Murphy                                   Waterford Institute of Technology
n Declan O’Leary                                 National Coaching and Training Centre
n Charlotte Parker                               Swim Ireland
n Jill Poots, Ronnie Smyth                       Sport Northern Ireland
n Gary Ryan                                      Athletics Association of Ireland
n Eugene Young                                   Ulster Gaelic Athletic Association



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                                   NATIONAL GOVERNING BODIES, AGENCIES AND ORGANISATIONS CONSULTATION
                                   DETAILS
                                   The following is a comprehensive list of the National Governing Bodies, agencies, and organisations consulted with
                                   during the project:

                                                          National Governing Body               Consulting Meeting   Plenary Session   Survey Response
                                    1. Angling Council of ireland                                                          4
                                    2. Athletes Ireland                                                 4
                                    3. Badminton Ireland                                                4                                    4
                                    4. Basketball Ireland                                               4                  4                 4
                                    5. Baton Twirling Sport Association of Ireland                                                           4
                                    6. Canoe Union of Ireland                                                              4                 4
                                    7. Comhairle Liathroid Laimhe na hEireann                                              4
                                    8. Community Games                                                  4                  4
                                    9. Cumann Camogaiochta na hEireann                                  4                  4                 4
                                    10. Cycling Ireland                                                 4                  4
                                    11. Football Association of Ireland                                 4                                    4
                                    12. Gaelic Athletic Association of Ireland                          4                  4                 4
                                    13. Golfing Union of Ireland                                                           4
                                    14. Horse Sport Ireland                                             4
                                    15. Irish Amateur Archery Association                                                                    4
                                    16. Irish Amateur Boxing Association                                4                                    4
                                    17. Irish Amateur Weightlifting Association                                            4                 4
                                    18. Irish Cricket Union                                             4                  4
                                    19. Irish Fencing Federation                                                           4
                                    20. irish Hockey Association                                        4                  4
                                    21. Irish Judo Association                                                             4
                                    22. Irish Ladies Golf Union                                                                              4
                                    23. Irish Martial Arts Commission                                                                        4
                                    24. Irish Orienteering Association                                                     4
                                    25. Irish Rugby Football Union                                      4                  4                 4
                                    26. Irish Sailing Association                                       4                  4                 4
                                    27. Irish Table Tennis Association Limited                                             4                 4
                                    28. Irish Taekwondo Union                                                              4
                                    29. Irish TenpinBowling Association                                                                      4
                                    30. Irish Tug-Of-War Association                                                       4
                                    31. Irish Waterski Federation                                                                            4

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                      National Governing Body               Consulting Meeting   Plenary Session   Survey Response
 32. Irish Wheelchair Association                                   4                                    4
 33. Ladies Gaelic Football Association of Ireland                  4                  4                 4	
 34. Motor Sport Ireland                                                                                 4
 35. Mountaineering Council of Ireland                                                 4                 4
 36. Official National Association of
                                                                                       4
     Karate Associations of Ireland
 37. Pitch and Putt Union of Ireland                                                   4                 4
 38. Special Olympics of Ireland                                    4                  4                 4
 39. Swim Ireland                                                   4                  4                 4
 40. Tennis Ireland                                                 4                  4
 41. Triathlon Ireland                                                                                   4
 TOTAL                                                             19                  27                25

                                 Agencies                   Consulting Meeting   Plenary Session   Survey Response
 1. Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism                           4
 2. Federation of Irish Sports                                      4                  4
 3. Irish Institute of Sport                                                           4
 4. Irish Sports Council                                            4                  4
 5. National Coaching and Training Centre                                              4
 6. Olympic Council of Ireland                                      4
 7. Paralympic Council of Ireland                                   4                                    4
 8. Sports Institute Northern Ireland                               4
 9. Sport Northern Ireland                                          4
                               Organisations                Consulting Meeting   Plenary Session   Survey Response
 1. County Cork Sports Partnership                                                     4
 2. Donegal Sports Partnership                                                         4
 3. Fingal Sports Partnership                                                          4
 4. Irish Bowls Coaching Association                                                   4
 5. Mayo Sports Partnership                                                            4
 6. Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership                                             4
 7. University College Dublin                                                          4
 Total Agency and Organisation                                      7                  11                1
 Total                                                              26                 38                26
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Coaching Ireland and ASMT would like to thank all those who participated in the consultation for their invaluable
contribution to the strategy.

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